Monday Runaround – Breaking The Hobbit

MiddleEarthWatch: Guillermoro del Toro has pulled out from directing The Hobbit and its sequels, as a result of MGM's economic-based delays on production. He is quoted as saying;

In light of ongoing delays in the setting of a start date for filming "The Hobbit," I am faced with the hardest decision of my life. After nearly two years of living, breathing and designing a world as rich as Tolkien's Middle Earth, I must, with great regret, take leave from helming these wonderful pictures. I remain grateful to Peter, Fran and Philippa Boyens, New Line and Warner Brothers and to all my crew in New Zealand. I've been privileged to work in one of the greatest countries on earth with some of the best people ever in our craft and my life will be forever changed. The blessings have been plenty, but the mounting pressures of conflicting schedules have overwhelmed the time slot originally allocated for the project. Both as a co-writer and as a director, I wlsh the production nothing but the very best of luck and I will be first in line to see the finished product. I remain an ally to it and its makers, present and future, and fully support a smooth transition to a new director"

EastAsianWatch: China and Japan are launching a cartoon diplomacy initiative to foster good relations between the two countries, by hosting joint animation festivals in their respective countries to showcase the other's work.

AccountancyWatch: Jim Galton, Marvel accountant from the seventies till the early nineties gets profiled. And seems to have been credited for starting the direct market system. Not sure how Phil Seuling fits into that…

AlbumWatch: Cliff Chiang reinterprets Pretty In Pink for the Xbooks for a charity auction at Heroes Con.

Monday Runaround – Breaking The Hobbit

TintinWatch: The recent Tintin auction in Paris raised $1,300,000, including a double page of original Herge artwork from King Ottaker's Sceptre that went for $299,620, three times the prince of a recent record-breaking Frank Miller Daredevil cover.

RaceWatch: Professor Randall Kenan looks at putting the black back into superheroes.

When you think about the disintegration of the superhero class, that does have relevance in how we may view the emergence of black CEO's in mainstream corporations over the last 25 years

VespaWatch: Indian lifestyle salon owner Arjun Khanna, is creating his own comic book motorbiking series named after his salon, Vespa Rodrigues.

DoctorWatch: The Doctor Who theme tune with a Faraday suit and Tesla coils. Quite stunning.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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